Dr. Mehran Anvari
Scientific Director & CEO, Centre for Surgical Invention & Innovation (CSii)
Dr. Anvari is a tenured professor at McMaster University. In 2004, he was appointed to the newly created Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Innovation. In 2005, he became the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Surgical Invention, Innovation and Education. He is the founding director of the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) and Scientific Director and CEO of the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii), affiliated with McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery, an Adjunct Scientist with ICES and the Clinical Lead and Chair of the Ontario Bariatric Network.
His body of work has been internationally recognized and acknowledged. Time Magazine has touted the Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS) as “sculpting the next frontier of medicine.” Through CMAS, the first of its kind in Canada, Dr. Anvari has promoted the use of minimal access techniques in all surgical specialties and has focused on improving patient outcomes, minimizing the physical, emotional and financial impact of surgical procedures on patients and reducing hospital admissions and the associated costs. His dedication to the ongoing training and mentoring of surgeons through CMAS has resulted in creation of a series of continuing education programs that are unrivalled in scope, subject matter and participation. Under his direction, CMAS has trained over 1200 surgeons through 87 CME programs designed for surgeons from all specialties, providing them with their primary source of training in the newest techniques and applications in the use of minimal access surgery.
Dr. Anvari was one of the first surgeons in Canada to use robotics in surgery, and in 2003 he established the world’s first telerobotic surgical service linking St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and a community hospital, North Bay General. He was the Chief Scientific Officer for the NEEMO 7 mission (2004), and NEEMO 9 (2006), joint projects of McMaster, the Canadian Space Agency and NASA that were tasked with testing the ability of new robotic and telesurgical technology to allow a non-physician to perform assisted surgery in a contained environment that simulates conditions in space. He is the Past President and current board member of the Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians & Surgeons (CABPS) and former President of MIRA, the association representing robotic surgeons worldwide. The recipient of the 2009-2010 ORION Award for Leadership, Dr. Anvari has also been awarded the Government of Ontario Diamond Award for Innovation in Technology, the Government of Canada Gold Medal of Distinction for Telerobotic Surgery, the McMaster Innovator of the Year Award (2009), and the NASA-International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Award for Biology and Medicine (2015).